China Trade Painting - Tea Series

Unknown authorLate 18th century - 1st quarter of the 19th century

Museu do Oriente

Museu do Oriente
Lisboa, Portugal

Packing the tea leaves under the supervision of a European. Several workers place and tamp the tea leaves inside the chests, under the watchful eye of a European trader who, in this case, appears together with a hong (a kind of mercantile mandarinate) merchant, seated at a pedestal table.
China Trade paintings were made for the export market from the late 18th to the mid-19th century.
Joana Belard da Fonseca, in the Catalogue Portuguese Presence in Asia, Museu do Oriente, 2008, p. 161


  • Title: China Trade Painting - Tea Series
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: Late 18th century - 1st quarter of the 19th century
  • Location: China
  • Physical Dimensions: 36,4 X 46,8 cm
  • Subject Keywords: China Trade, Tea
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Fundação Oriente - Museu do Oriente
  • External Link: http://www.museudooriente.pt/
  • Medium: Watercolour on paper
  • Photographer: Image by Google

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